August 9, 2010

St. Catharines staff oppose coal phase-out

A City of St. Catharines staff report  is recommending that the Mayor and City Councillors not support the Ontario Clean Air Alliance’s motion calling for Ontario’s dirty coal plants to be put on standby reserve and only be operated if there are no cleaner options to keep the lights on. Council will consider this report on the evening of Mon. Aug. 9th.

According to the OCAA, the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario and the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, a virtually complete coal phase-out now can prevent up to 1,100 deaths and up to 550,000 asthma attacks. The OCAA motion has been endorsed by the Cities of Hamilton, Kitchener and Guelph and the City of Toronto’s Board of Health.

Please email Mayor McMullan of St. Catharines today (and bcc me) and ask him to vote in favour of putting our dirty coal plants on standby reserve, only operating them if they are absolutely needed to keep the lights on. Please remind him that St. Catharines is downwind of the Nanticoke Generating Station – the largest coal plant in North America.

Thank you, your emails make a difference!

Angela Bischoff, Outreach Director
Ontario Clean Air Alliance
402-625 Church St, Toronto M4Y 2G1
Phone: 416-926-1907 ext. 246

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